VGC Lyon 2010 (Puniverse): The Journey of an Old School Pokémon Player
Hi, some of you guys might remember me back from the RSE days, even if I rarely ever posted, I used to play a lot of netbattle back then.
After 3 years with no pokémon (new job in new town, working every saturday so I can't get to IRL tourney anymore) I decided to take a day off for this VGC 2010 event, since it was about an hour from where I live now.
I trained for a few weeks before the event, with the nickname "Frozen Flame" on pokemon online, being helped by my old friend Taj, Chris and Froggy25, as well as DeagleBeagle which provided me a lot of great advice, match training and my team.
After a short night in Valence, testing and RNGing with Froggy25, we took the train to get to Lyon, and was there at about 11 am.
I meet with my friends Taj and his sister, Chris, and a some other pokemon player I used to play with back to the RSE days, was nice to see all of those people.
Taj RNGed me almost all my team, but we realise at the last moment that the dialga he had for me wasn't 0 speed IV, ok, whatever, I'll have to do with this, and he lend me the trick room version of hitmontop so I can train his EV and level him during the line.
This is the team I played Big thanks to deagle beagle for this,
he played : Kyogre/Toxicroak/ludicolo and Kingdra
first turn we fake each other uber out, then I get the trick room out while he focuses on my dialga, I'm afraid I don't remember the rest of the match very well, but there was a lot of switching in the following few turn, and my abomasnow ended up blizzarding all the way while ogre was knocked out, eventually getting a freeze on ludicolo which definately sealed the match in my favor.
5th Match : VS Galooks
I'm now to top 16, and when I see my opponent, once again, I know I'm in big trouble, it's Galooks, a friend of froggy25, who seems to be a smogoner also
He played Infernape/Giratina/Ttar, and something else
When I see the lead I know it's gonna be damn hard, that's the lead I was most scared of, after a lot of hesitation I withdrew dialga, because even if both where intimidated, he could still be knocked out quickly, I replaced it with groudon, expecting to take the physical attacks quite easily, but he must have anticipated it and his ape just go overheat on my groudon, getting a good amount of damage, while gira used shadow force, I'm in a bad position, I guess I must sacrifice Groudon if I want to stand a chance so I leave both on field and try to rock slide with both, getting them at about 50% while my two poké end up in really bad shape, I thought my only option left was to let both die and try to get a TR out and spam blizzard, which is what I done, but he was saving a TTar to replace the ape, and ended up my journey there.
Even if I feel a bit sad for losing so close from the top, I'm quite proud of my performance, for just getting back in the game for 2 weeks I couldn't have hopped to win, then I see that my friend froggy is still on the competition, cool, let's go cheer for him !
And after a strange semi against a Full electric/kyogre team, he ends up against Albert and took the title, congrats, I'm really happy that he finally got a result he deserve, because back when we played RSE he always seemed to get haxed somewhere before the finals.
Overall it was a very good day, meeting lots of cool people and having fun, interesting match.